For nearly 30 years, Brad Pitt has been one of the biggest stars in the world. He has entertained us with his unorthodox style of acting where he can be cool, calm, and collected but then quickly take off into a realm of insanity that only he can pull off.
Believe it or not, Brad Pitt's career began as an actor and not because he was some pretty face that came over from modeling. Yes, he would later become an international sex symbol thanks to those stunningly good looks, but he had to act first.
In 1991, he got his career-changing break when he was cast to play J.D. in the Academy Award-winning film, Thelma & Louise. From that moment on, he would no longer be a struggling actor driving limos for a stripogram company. He quickly turned into the hottest star in Hollywood and by 1994, everyone knew his name.
Overall, he has been in at least 82 films. He was in great films and bad ones but not all of them were because of him so let's break it down to the ten films that he saved, and the ten that he ruined.
20 Ruined: Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Sorry to say but the on-screen chemistry between Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt was unmistakable during the hit action film, Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Sadly, however, this film will forever be linked to the ending of his marriage to Jennifer Aniston and the beginning of his love affair with the world's sexiest woman alive, Angelina Jolie. The cheating rumors made for a great marketing ploy but the film was nowhere near his best work.
19 Saved: Troy (2004)
How many guys bought a gym membership the day after they went to see Troy, in theaters?
The film could have been much better if they did not try to stuff so much information into one movie but the one thing that stood out wasn't Orlando Bloom's annoying babyface or Eric Bana's hard-nosed approach to acting, it was Brad Pitt's physique as he portrayed Achilles.
But he did more than look like a perfect specimen, he showcased his range in the short time he showed up on the film.
18 Ruined: Cutting Class (1989)
Cutting Class was as campy as 1980's horror films could get and Brad Pitt's involvement in the film was anything short of awful. It was one of the first time's Brad Pitt got his name officially in the credits and it should be forgotten.
His acting was awful and it made us wonder if the only reason he got the role was because of his good looks.
17 Saved: Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Tom Cruise, Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, and Thandie Newton all shared the spotlight with Brad Pitt for one of the greatest vampire stories ever written, Interview With The Vampire.
But it was 1994 and Brad Pitt had not yet become the international superstar he is today. His performance in this film changed all of that and he was able to hold his own alongside some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
16 Ruined: The Counselor (2013)
It is very difficult to take a cast that features Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Rosie Perez, Natalie Dormer, John Leguizamo, Edgar Ramirez, and Brad Pitt, and still create such a nonsensical mess. But Ridley Scott figured out how and boy was it awful.
Brad Pitt did not even need to be in the film where he played a creepy middleman drug dealer that has long hair and loves to talk. The movie was horrible to begin with but he did not do much to help it.
15 Saved: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
At this point in his career, Quentin Tarantino is focusing solely on projects he has always wanted to do and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a prime example.
He got the idea for the film while working with a veteran stuntman back in 2009. Brad Pitt's performance ranks up there as one of his greatest and with such a wild cast, his ability to stand out continues to amaze us.
14 Ruined: Johnny Suede (1991)
Everything about Brad Pitt's performance as Johnny Suede was inherently awful. Although Miramax executives will claim that it was Brad Pitt's performance that teased them of the actor's future.
If you have seen it, then you already know that there are some times when it is OK to say no to a film. Brad Pitt might have been focusing on exposure more than acting at the time because he did nothing to help this film out.
13 Saved: Snatch (2000)
Brad Pitt did not star in the film but his portrayal of gypsy boxer Mickey O'Neil will go down as a legendary one. The film was great but the one thing everyone remembers is Brad Pitt.
He literally discovered a new dialect for actors to imitate with his depiction of the Irish gypsy. The film would have been good without him but it would never have become such a massive hit without him.
12 Ruined: Burn After Reading (2008)
Maybe we just do not get the Coen Brothers films but Brad Pitt's portrayal of a ditzy personal trainer, Chad Feldheimer, was so goofy, it just was not very believable. It ended up taking away from the darkness of the film, which was a dark comedy.
Sure, it was a good film but it ended up being confusing and then the twist hits you right in the face when you least expect it, leaving you even more confused than before.
11 Saved: Seven (1995)
The mid-'90s were very good to Brad Pitt because he exploded into one of the hottest names in Hollywood after starring in hits like True Romance, Interview With The Vampire, Legends of the Fall, 12 Monkeys, and Seven.
Seven is one of those films that just plain worked. The writing was brilliant but only because of the cast. The only reason it worked was because of the actors. Brad Pitt was able to showcase his acting chops in this film.
10 Ruined: Meet Joe Black (1998)
Depending on who you talk to, Meet Joe Black was a really good, or really bad film. The people who loved it are mostly cinema snobs like Roger Ebert that study films to the point of annoyance.
For the rest of us, it was one of the most boring experiences in a movie theater, ever. Brad Pitt was able to turn a 3-hour film into what felt like a six-hour snooze fest.
9 Saved: Inglorious Basterds (2009)
One of the biggest knocks about Brad Pitt's portrayal of Lt. Aldo Raine in Inglorious Basterds was his phony accent. However, we beg to differ. In fact, his accent was the best part about his character.
It was equal parts cheese, Southern, and slow. But it worked. He was able to maintain his few scenes in the film and turn them into a reason to go see it, over and over again.
8 Ruined: The Mexican (2001)
The Mexican was so bad that if Brad Pitt did not star in the film, and it was just Julia Roberts by herself, it would have been more interesting. And that would be stretching the word interesting.
Brad Pitt made it tough for us to believe that he was a laid back dude just looking for an antique gun to smuggle back into the United States. He really did not do himself any justice by signing on for this one.
7 Saved: 12 Monkeys (1995)
When a film has a confusing mess of a plot, it has only two things that it can do to make up for it. Add amazing plot twists that change everything you thought you knew about the film up until that moment or the performances by the cast.
Brad Pitt was a major reason for 12 Monkeys' success. He was even nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards. He was wild and crazy but controlled and effective.
6 Ruined: Cool World (1992)
Cool World would have been a decent film had they not used Brad Pitt. The plot was weak to begin with as it was basically an adult version of Roger Rabbit with Kim Basinger being turned into a cartoon for some reason.
The film missed a chance to create something special and it was partly the cast. The film is full of the cringiest moments in film history, most of which included Brad Pitt.
5 Saved: Fight Club (1999)
If you forget about the awards and accolades that are presented to actors and actresses in Hollywood, and you just went by how impactful of a performance an actor gave to a film, then you would have to give props to Brad Pitt's performance as Tyler Durden.
It has almost impossible to think that Fight Club would have been such a massive hit without Brad Pitt. In fact, we know the truth...it wouldn't.
4 Ruined: Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
If you thought Meet Joe Black was boring, you probably need to see Seven Years in Tibet, a film in which Brad Pitt seemed lost as an actor and never really made us feel like we were watching something interesting.
In fact, Brad Pitt's previous performances were so different from this one that it was nearly impossible to see him as Heinrich Harrer. All we saw was Brad Pitt roaming around Tibet and meeting with the Dalai Lama.
3 Saved: Moneyball (2011)
If we had to use one word to describe Brad Pitt's performance in Moneyball, it would be perfection. He was the right person, in the right role, at the right time. He had the physique to pull off the retired ex-ballplayer that became a general manager. It was subtle but it worked.
Then, his attitude was the part of the role that we loved the most. He was a nice guy that had just enough chaos in his personal life to make him seem a bit distracted all the time.
2 Ruined: By The Sea (2015)
Angelina Jolie directed By The Sea and tried to do a European art film that ended up becoming a huge failure, but not because of the genre. It was her rocky relationship with Brad Pitt that was tough to deny.
After having issues with their marriage, coming together on-screen turned out to be awkward and cold. He would have been better off turning it down.
1 Saved: Fury (2014)
Brad Pitt stood out as Don "Wardaddy" Collier in the surprisingly good war film, Fury. This was truly one of, if not, his best performances of his entire life. He managed to tear down the Brad Pitt image we have all grown accustomed to and portrayed a regal leader that demanded excellence while also caring for his men.
If you saw the film, you would know that if you ran into this guy in real life, you would believe him to be Don Collier and not Brad Pitt, the actor.
Sources EW.com, Wikipedia.com, Huffpost.com, WashingtonPost.com